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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Retailers are having to bear the burden of higher transportation costsUS retailers to face logistics issues into 2015 19 November 2014

On top of mounting concerns over the impact of worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise arriving at US west coast ports, analysts are now warning retailers and manufacturers to expect tighter capacity and higher shipping rates to persist into 2015.

Easy-to-understand graphics benchmark factory wages New wage ladder lifts garment workers towards living wages 19 November 2014

An online tool to help apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers work towards improved wages for garment workers in global supply chains has been updated in a move that marks another step towards the eventual provision of a living wage.

FDRA hosted more than 125 factory managers at the 15th Annual Responsible Footwear Forum (RFF) in DongguanEight footwear factories lead on social compliance 19 November 2014

A committee of footwear sourcing executives has identified eight footwear factories in China and Vietnam that they say are among the top performers when it comes to social compliance and their commitment to continuously improve factory conditions and standards.

US firms eye Vietnam footwear growth ahead of TPP 18 November 2014

The free trade agreement being negotiated between the US and 11 other Pacific nations will bring "huge" opportunities to expand Vietnam's footwear industry, experts believe.

The new Earthcolors are derived from almond shells, saw palmetto, rosemary leaves and other natural agricultural wasteArchroma launches fully traceable eco-friendly dyes 17 November 2014

Colour and specialty chemicals company Archroma has unveiled a new range of eco-friendly dyes derived from agricultural waste that can also be fully traced along the supply chain to consumers.

UzbekistanUzbekistan forces more adults into 2014 cotton harvest 17 November 2014

The Uzbekistan government has continued to use "systematic, mass forced labour" in this year's cotton harvest, campaigners say, claiming more adults had to work against their will to make up for a reduction in the number of children in the fields.

WTO trade facilitation pact back on track 14 November 2014

The US and India have finally resolved their disagreements on issues that had been stalling a pact to simplify trade procedures - paving the way for the global trade deal to move forward.

US backs initiative to revise Myanmar labour law 14 November 2014

The US is teaming up with Japan and Denmark to try to improve labour rights and conditions in Myanmar - with the aim of helping to make the country a more attractive sourcing and investment destination.

Guidance has been issued for common remediation queriesAccord issues remediation guides for Bangladesh factories 14 November 2014

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has issued a manual and other remediation guidance to help its supplier factories as the implementation of fire protection measures gets underway.

Industry takes positive step to sustainable fashion 14 November 2014

Fashion designers, brands and suppliers including Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw, Bionic Yarn, Loomstate and Saitex have joined a new sustainability initiative aimed at helping businesses improve the way clothes are made and spurring the creation of more eco-friendly materials.

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